The Japanese multinational organization relaunched a remake of one of its best sellers, namely the NES Classic Edition. Nostalgic fans have been able to enjoy 30 games from the original library since November 2016. Since then, the company recorded 2.3 million delivered units. Nonetheless, Nintendo plans to cease the production of such classic consoles.
Nintendo Did Not Manage to Match Market Demand
Reggie Fils-Aime, the president over the U.S. headquarters of Nintendo, announced for the first time that the NES Classic Edition managed to sell 2.3 million units. However, this figure represents the number of products that retailers received and not the number of units that consumers bought. Nonetheless, as the remade console enjoyed impressive popularity, there is likely not a large difference between the two business figures.
The shipped products were at 1.5 million at the end of January. Since then, demand didn’t stop from increasing. Even though the shipped products have doubled in number, these efforts were not enough to satisfy the enthusiasts. Moreover, the dream to get hold of this limited collection might remain just that. This is because the company announced at the beginning of this month that it is going to stop the production of NES Classic Edition at a worldwide level.
The NES Classic Edition Has to Fall to Make Room for Other Ongoing Projects
This sudden business decision came out of the blue, and no explanation accompanied it. However, Reggie Fils-Aime has recently provided the details that pushed executives to shut down production. Thus, the president claimed that the NES Classic Edition was just a seasonable product created to celebrate the holiday spirit. As a consequence, the item is already surpassing its expiration date with more shipments and productions than it was initially decided.
The reason behind the end of this collectible also has something to do with logistics. Reggie Fils-Aime understands customers that are discontent that they can’t find a console for themselves. However, his company has other plans to focus on.
“But from our perspective, it’s important to recognize where our future is and the key areas that we need to drive. We’ve got a lot going on right now, and we don’t have unlimited resources.”
The president made a valid point. At the moment, Nintendo is at full capacity as far as its projects are concerned. The company is working on several issues regarding Switch supply, the next New 2DS XL, and there are even rumors of a SNES Classic Edition.
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